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in 2009 at the age of 80. been joined by former president jimmy carter, former mayor of atlanta and u.s. ambassador to the united nations andrew young and former justice department spokesman terry adamson in the discussion of jack nelson's memoir, scoop. the evolution of a seven reporter. it is about an hour. >> good evening, everyone. it's good to have everyone here. my name is sink, and i will be moderating this wonderful panel tonight. and the director of the journalism program at emory. and co-author of a book about news coverage of the civil-rights movement, featured jack quite prominently. first of all, i want to thank the carter library and museum for hosting this one and for cosponsoring it and also the emory university libraries, particularly the manuscript archives and rare books librarian which houses and in the papers and the wisdom of a great number of seven journalists. white, african-american, all sorts -- we are so pleased that five of those opulence a prizewinners'. the latest among them is jack nelson. barbara was so generous and has made jackson papers our posit
of atlanta and u.s. ambassador to the united nations andrew young and former justice department spokesman terry adamson in the discussion of jack nelson's ms. moore "scoop the evolution of a southern reporter." it's about an hour >> good evening everyone. my name is hain't and i will be moderating this wonderful panel tonight. the director of the journalism program at emory and a co-author of a book about news coverage in the civil rights movement that featured jack quite prominently. first i want to thank the carter library and museum for hosting this and cosponsoring this and also emory university which houses the papers and the wisdom of a great journalists and we are so pleased that the to the surprise winners and the latest among them is jack nelson. barbara was generous and made jack's papers our possession now and there is some rich history and i encourage everyone to go and take a look at them. we are here to celebrate the life, memoir, peepers of jack nelson with some people that knew him extremely well. jack was a man of enormous influence and consequence in the nation. the stor
don't remember april 4th at all. at the time we moved out to atlanta and so it was putting me to bed. the next day when my mother went to get my father's body and bring it back to atlanta she told me that, you know, my father would no longer be able to speak to me. he had gone home to live with god and god we went to the airport, got on the plane, and i heard this noise and i heard a bunch of breathing. he's grant be in a casket that he want people to talk to me. but i hear him breathing. no, it's not him. it later on i asked, is he going to eat? because i remember daddy being at home at the dinner table and reaching for the last onion and picking up salary. i remember that is in my mind. so i wanted to know how is he going to of eat and she said god is going to take care of him. a lot of light, a lot of cameras [inaudible] a time to do the eulogy they had decided to play my father's 1967 that he delivered at the baptist church that is the whole thing that talks about the justice when. they played that after. i remember my mom said we can't speak, i'm looking for my dad. but a child
and that was the evening my father had been assassinated. at that time she put aside the process and came to atlanta to help my mother out with a funeral arrangements and then with us the children were the first couple of years. and helping my mother with the establishment of the king center. at that time my mother said maybe i want to write my own life story. she proceeded to do that and publish that in 1969 and is no longer in print. in 2004 because mother had encouraged it in 66 and she knew about it she still wanted her to complete a she said what you go ahead and complete the manuscript in 2004? of course she began to do more work. as a result a few months or a year later my mother became ill. so she couldn't really focus. my mother passed in 16 months later my sister passed so it was delayed somewhat that by 2008 and close 2009 she started completing this particular book. i had a conversation with her one day. she was working on it and she said people need to know more about coretta. martin did not make coretta. they need to know coretta king from the strong family roots, the strong family tha
as a young fellow growing up in atlanta georgia my parents didn't have an answer. it became kind of a quest to find out about it in the sense that there was enormous power and that would change the direction of my life. when i wasn't looking for it to happen. c-span: how many of your years did you think about this? >> guest: i started after i got into a book career in the late 70's after magazine journalism. i wanted to write about this period because i hadn't answered the question what is it made of and i thought in 1981 with what was proposed to be a three year history of the teen years and it's now been 16 years and i've done it in two volumes is now projected to be a trilogy or will be a trilogy after i finish it but i would have 20 years. definitely turning into my life work but i'm thankful for the privilege of it. c-span: the first book, parting the waters, 1,056 pages. this but there are 546 pages. what's been your approach? >> guest: to do it in storytelling. one of the reasons i wanted to do it is i knew this had an enormous impact like the construction period in the years before
captured in far off africa and brought to america as slaves. ok. then we came to -- we come now to atlanta, georgia. the city in which we were growing up had those laws. because of those laws, my family rarely went to picture shows. in fact, to this very day, i don't recall ever seeing my father on a street car because of those laws and the indignity that went with them, daddy preferred keeping m.l., a.d., and me close to home where we would be protected. but we lived in a neighborhood in atlanta now called sweet arbor. and this is the street. you can see the cars. you haven't seen cars like that, have you? they don't have any like that now. ok. something like we used to call a t model ford and so tpot. ok. we lived there on the avenue. and on our side of the street, there were two-story frame houses, similar to the one we lived in. across the street crouched a line of one-story houses and a store which was owned by a white family. when we were young, all of the children along the avenue played together, even the two boys whose parents owned the store. so you can see us playing together in
: spelman college was in atlanta, and yet even though atlanta is seen certainly today as one of the less racist spots in the south, in fact, atlanta was almost totally segregated when howard arrived at pellman. by -- spelman. by the way, he never, he made sure that people never thought that he took a job at an all-black women's college because he was committed to the black struggle. we're talking about 1956 when the black struggle was just beginning. and though howard did care about black rights, he was not yet an activist in behalf of those rights. but in fairly short order, he and his wife roz both became very active. i mean, his students -- the first white women came a little bit after howard's arrival. and even then very few of them. and young black women, many of whom had been brought up in rural areas, they were slightly stunned at this white teacher. there were few other white members of the spelman fact facy faculty -- faculty. but howard was a genius of a teacher. he was very inform formal, very -- informal, very easy going. he prided himself on being good at conversation and on
met with 1985, the first international aids conference in atlanta, georgia, which fit almost in this room. hard to believe because the coming aids meeting will have about 25,000 people. first of all, i think we could have possibly imagined in 1985 that that meeting that we were at the front end of something that would still be around in 2012, that would by then had sickened or killed about 74, 75 million cuban beans. that in 2012 would be 34, 35 million people live with this disease on every continent on earth. but what i remember most distinctly about that meeting is there with a moment when this tall white guy was translating for a much shorter sire a fellow, dr. pizza and a cluster of us were standing around you and "the wall street journal" reporter, who was absolutely sure that hav was a gay disease wouldn't accept the notion of general heterosexual transmission sent to dr. pizza, isn't it true that africans have sex with monkeys? and i remember this guy trembling with rage. your face changed colors and get you near you had to translate. what the capita's response? >> ye
was in atlanta and even though it is seen today as one of the less racist spots in the south, in effect atlanta was almost totally segregated when howard arrived at spellman, but by the way, she made sure that people never thought that he took a job at an all black women's college because he was committed to the black struggle. but it was just beginning and to know how word did care about black rights he wasn't in activist on behalf of those rights. in fairly short order she and his wife both became very active the first white women came a little bit our after his arrival and even then a very few of them young black women many of whom had been part of the rural areas, they were slightly stunned at this white teacher and there were fewer other members of this bill my faculty. but howard was a genius of a teacher. she was very informal, very easygoing fox, he prided himself on a conversation and entertaining other points of view. he didn't see himself as a lecturer. someone was handing down the truth to the enlarged. securely on created a very warm give-and-take in the classroom to get to the act
of 63 there is a wave of food riots the start in atlanta. and for one month to more than a dozen food riots sweeping confederacy, armed bands of women numbering from a dozen for flintridge and 300 followed by a crowd of a thousand of the people. this is -- the press initially thinks it is a conspiracy. they have conspiracy theories. the union is preventing this. it is not. and in richmond and mayor indebted the women in municipal court and the records of their show one-woman organizes, called these women. being planned for ten days. call all these women to a public meeting in the baptist church, told them to come to the market the next morning, leave the children at home and to come armed. they did. they showed up the next morning and ripped up the wharf and warehouses. for one month the confederacy, davis tried to stop the telegraph line. it got out, and the union was just floating over this. this must be the end. the women are up in arms and giving. they step into the making of history at that moment in a decisive way and really put the confederate states and government on notice th
. in the spring of 1863 there's a waive of food rite that start in atlanta and for a month, i think it's more than a dozen food riot sweep the confederacy all by women numbering from dozen richmond it's. 00 followed by a crowd of 1,000 other people, and this is, i mean, everybody -- the press initially thinks it's a conspiracy. they have conspiracy theories that union is fermenting this. it's not. it's women. richmond the mayor indicted the women. and the court records there to show one woman organized this and called the women being planned for at least a ten day -- she called women to public meeting at a baptist church. she told them to come to the market the next morning to leave their children at home and come armed. they did. they showed up the next morning and ripped up the war of and the warehouses in richmond. and for a month, the confederacy was convulsed. davis tried to stopped telegraph line. the union -- and the war just gloating over this. this must be the end. the women are up in arms and giving them grief. so they step to the making of history, i think that moment in a decisive way.
in the middle of a lot of civil-rights politics? >> guest: in atlanta, and even though atlantis is seen certainly today as one of the less racist spots in the son of, in fact it was almost totally segregated when he arrived. but, by the way, he made sure that people never thought that he took a job that an all-black women's college because he was committed to the black struggle. we're talking about 1956 when the black struggle was just beginning. and though howard did care about black rights, he was not yet an activist on behalf of those rights. but in fairly short order he and his wife became very active. i mean, his students, the first white women came of little bit after howard's arrival and even then very few. dion, black women, many of whom have been brought up in rural areas, they were slightly stunned at this white teacher. there were few other white members, but howard was a genius of -- teacher. very informal, very easygoing. he prided himself on being good at conversation and at entertaining other points of view. he did the see himself as a lecturer, someone who was handing do
on the nashville paper, later with "the new york times," the editor of the "atlanta constitution." bill kovich. >> as a very careful observer of the times, you live through it and you reported about it, how did your -- tell me who things, what was the biggest surprise you discovered, and how did you change your mind based on your research? >> what was the biggest surprise and how did i change my mind? i think the biggest surprise was that j. edgar hoover and his fbi's campaign to destroy king politically, at least, was far more vicious, was far more relentless, and cruel, and i could imagine that public officials in the united states would do. how did i come to that conclusion? after a two or three year battle with the fbi and with my friends in the lbj library, part of the national archives, i was finally able to put together a mosaic of hundreds of fbi memos that went to the president. i saw how the president reacted to them, and didn't react to them. and even though great reporters have covered this story well, starting in '75 with the church hearings, i was appalled about that, and i don't
but operated in atlanta we competed with a number of community banks which took over one after failed and it looks like a lot had failed. those that are in the hotel business got together and put in a little bit of capital than leverage radically at very high interest rates since the government guarantee their deposit they did not care they let that to those who started the bank and then went broke and they lost $0.50 on the dollar. countrywide, washington mutual, golden west and indymac with high-risk portfolios no way the market would finance country ride without the government guaranteed deposit insurance. that was a major jolt -- major distortion but the government housing policy goes back a long time where the government tries to raise the motorship under the theory is a good thing. but owning a home does not change human behavior. it is the opposite so what allows you to own a home results in better behavior. the government subsidies started with tax credits and then in the early '70s to start on a path with the community reinvestment act the force banks to get from the lending
mean, we have not been building them for 50 years. for example, in atlanta, only 35% of the people who want to live in urban communities that are walkable can afford -- can find them and afford to live them. it is described as the next great economic boom. they have to sell houses first; right? get out of the old house, but they would rather be in the city, and the ones of means, of course, have disposable income, no kids, exactly the kind of customers you want for your stores and part of your tax base in the city. joe courtright, also based in portland, has done a lot of research into what that means. he took walk score, based in seattle. do you know about walk score? raise your hand if you know about walk score. pretty much most of you. that rates each address in the world, i guess america, i don't know. it's google maps data in terms of walk about. joe did a study finding that -- depends what city you're in, but every walk score point is worth, on average, out of a hundred, worth $2,000. every point on a hundred-point scale, which figures in dc an empty lot in the city is worth $200
of years ago he bought airline headquarters in atlanta and he needed to film all his tv shows in his movies. one of the amazing things about tyler and his story is that in 1998, tyler perry was homeless. tyler perry's seriously changed his story. i have kind of an unusual story myself. i was born in a small river town on the hudson, newburgh new york, and when i was growing up look singh called it the all-american city. at that time,, we had kind of an inner-city but then we had a lot of farm kids and there was an air force base. it was inner-city and farm kids and kids would have been around so was an interesting place to grow up. earlier on, my father grew up in the newburgh poorhouse. it was called the poggi. my father's mother was a charwoman which meant she cleaned the bathrooms for the other poor people and they got a room there. that was our background and that is why i feel i should be the next president of the united states. [laughter] [applause] anyway, i have been poor and i have been middle-class and then i was poor again and then i was middle-class again and now i am kind of ri
for a show of hands, how many in the audience most of the people from the atlanta area were not aware that the stated of georgia had a drought plan and three hands went up. there is a case where they developed a drought plan but it was never implemented as it became wet. so it sat on the shelf until people were unaware. >> some people are unaware too the meteorological droughts in in the agricultural the agricultural droughts of the maaco oh we have gotten some rain and we have been doing okay for the last 30 days and we are fine when that is not the case. >> i think it's important going back to roger's definition to start with, droughts are the extended period of the efficiency of precipitation can be exacerbated by high winds and high temperatures and low relative humidity and so forth. so it's this combination of intensity and duration but the real key is the fact that the intensity and duration over period of time begins to impact on the environment and on people and so that's when you get into agricultural drought, to hydrological drought and there's another type of drought somet
? >> guest: there is many different. the papers of boston in the papers of atlanta and the papers in so many different places, hundreds of archives around the world. i found king papers in india. so you bring them all together and you decide how to publish them and make them available to people. that has been my job for the last 25 years. >> host: you are a historian and your african-american. i can see your interest. what really brought you to want to do this? coretta his wife, his widow asked you about what was her motivation for wanting to do at? >> guest: i think i didn't want to not do it. i think it was more -- i had a lot of doubts because i didn't know of wanted to devote the rest of my career to doing this. >> host: what did she say to you? how did she ask you? >> guest: she asked whether i would be interested in actually when we first talked on that phonecall i said aren't there other people who have done more were? my work was on the grassroots struggle and not so much on king's role. i never have really written much about king apart from the movement. so but then she came out and
? >> guest: the peepers i'm editing, the papers at boston, the peepers and atlanta, the papers and so many different places, hundreds of archives are none of the world. i've gone -- i have papers in india. so we bring them all together and we decide how to publish them and make them available to people. that's been my job for the last 25 years. >> host: ury history in coming your african-american. i can see an interest. what brought you to want to do this? coretta asked you but what was your motivation for wanting to do it? >> guest: i think i didn't want to not do it. i didn't know wanted to devote the rest of my career to do this. >> host: how did she ask? >> guest: she asked are you interested and when we first talked people that have done work really on the grassroots dimension of the struggle not so much on the role i never knew much about him apart from the movement. so, but then she came out and i remembered you're going to spend the rest of your career editing martin luther king's papers and you turned it down and i think she was a little bit wiser than i was at that point of recog
in atlanta, the papers and so many different places, hundreds of archives around the world. i found papers in india. we bring them all together and decide how to publish them and make them available to people. that's been my job for the last 25 years. >> host: do ra history and african-american, i can see your interest. what really brought you to want to do this? his wife asked you, but what was your motivation for wanting to do it? >> guest: i had a lot of doubts when she called and asked because i didn't know if i wanted to devote the rest of my career to doing this. >> host: how did she ask you? >> guest: she asked me if i would be interested in and when we first talked on that phone call i said are in their other people that have done more work really on the grassroots dimension of the struggle, not so much on the role. i've never really written very much about came apart from the movement. so, but then she came out and i remembered my wife and i do want to spend the rest of your career you could have been editor of the papers, but we turned it down, and i think she was a little bit wi
was in afghanistan in court and his wife had his assistant network gave him a plane ticket to atlanta to baltimore because her mother lives in baltimore. so she had him flying to bwi and spend the night with her. but she called him in saint john, there's a thousand dollars plane ticket waiting for you at the delta cantor in atlanta. biotherapy to that bill signing and he really had a good time. he really enjoyed himself. he got to meet a lot of people and it was good, somebody asked him what he did for close. he did not go back, but he stopped at pennies than oxford and bought him a shirt. he had fresh clothes and it was good. he was there, washington attorney was there and kevin russell was the one who had to italy with me because john was the first choice, but he had a court trial, so you didn't go. kevin tells his harvard students now that he lost the biggest case of his site. i tell people they didn't pay in many brought me a pair of italian leather shoes. so it's really been interest in life. a lot of places i go i don't have any money. i don't have any money that i can't. i may speak to a gr
. that is interesting too. he was in court and his wife, he had a system that worked. a plane ticket from atlanta to washington to baltimore because her mother lives in baltimore. she flew in -- there's a thousand dollar plane ticket waiting for you, you fly out there and go to that bill signing. he really had a good time. he enjoyed himself and got a lot out of people and it was good but somebody asked what he did for clothes. he said he didn't have a bag, but started at oxford. he had fresh clothes and it was good. he was hair, a washington attorney was there and cam russell went to italy with me because john was the first choice because he couldn't end court trial and he didn't go and his harvard student, he lost the biggest case of his life and won a trip to italy. i tell people i didn't pay him and he bought me a pair of italian leather shoes. it has really been interesting. a lot of places i go i don't have any money. i don't have any money that i get. i may speak to a group and when i leave they have $164,170 and a note for gas. i come out and people have taken care of me or god has, i don
passage across to atlanta to the first place. well, he was a very clever man. touring the day he did sail to the east, as he was instructed, but he kept sales loose and floppy in the wind so as not to make it -- make too much progress in that night he reversed course and headed back toward the caribbean and the north american coast in the hope that he would be discovered, there would be captured, and that he and his fellow cuban slave owner would be saved. so he tricked the amistad africans. eventually he saw that lacking food and water there were not going to be able to make a long voyage, and so it was asked, do you want me to take you to a free country. they said what free country? the three countries the united states. well, you're talking allow one of a leading slave societies of the world and 8039, not exactly a free country, but to make a long story short the africans sailed the vessel all the way up to the dollar and end of long island where there were taken by a u.s. navy ship carried to the connecticut and thrown in jail charged with murder and piracy. now, as soon as word g
for 50 years. in atlanta, only 35% of the people who want to live in every joint and a setter walkable can find and to that end. chris weinberger describes this as the next great economic boom. they have to sell their houses and get out. but they'd much rather be in a city and the ones that need have disposable income, exactly the kind of customers who bought for your stores and your tax base in the city. joe cortright also based in portland has done a lot of research into what that means and he took walk square based in seattle. raise your hand if you know about box score. most of you. reteach address in the world. i guess it's america. google maps data in terms of its workability. so joe cortright did a study and found it depends with 50 year reign, but every point is worth on average added 100 about $2000. every point on a 100-point scale figures in d.c. an empty lot is worth $200,000. people are paying more for these places. the premium for walkable housing versus drivable housing is about 50% in seattle, 150% of denver, 200%. the exact same footage rather than outside the city. se
. watson his voice shaking told the anchor in atlanta on a neighboring hill there's a hotel a posh hotel a lot of foreigners were staying at. there were dozens of american french and chilean rescuers they're working to rescue at least one woman named sarah who is trapped but then another heartrending heartrending scream in the rubble stop them cold. even with international attention now on her took the rest of the day to find a generator and a power saw to pull the girl out. she died of her injuries two days later. there are many reasons for this disparity. most foreign rescuers arrived without clear orders where to go. the haitian government had no formal coordination of rescue efforts either between international organizations are between general keane boss mass u.s. task force and the government. foreign officials near the u.n. headquarters hotel montana had created supermarket. one of keane stoneman was one of the buried at montana. those that ventured the language barriers security concerns and some impose curfews outside the high and compound for treating waste on reports of quote
different? what did you find? >> guest: the papers i am taking, the papers of boston, the papers at atlanta, the papers of some at different places, hundreds of archives around the world. i've gone, i found papers in india. so you bring them all together and you decide how to publish them, make them available to people. that's been my job for the last 25 years. >> host: you've lived in this town. you're a history. you're african-american. can see your interest. what really brought you to want to do this? carranza, ma his wife, ask you, his widow, asked you what was your motivation for wanting to do it? i think i didn't want to not do it. i think it was more -- i had a lot of doubts when she called and asked because i didn't have the wanted to devote -- >> host: how did she ask? >> guest: she asked wha whetheri would be interested in actually when we first talked on the phone call i said on to other people done more work? my work and then really the grassroots of the struggle not so much on his role. i never had really been very much about him apart from the movement. but then she came out a
reserve board's. the atlanta fed, new york fed, and we have twitter. we have facebook. we are moving along here. [laughter] so we are still a little bit old-fashioned, but social media provides a convenient way to communicate quickly, work with people, exchange of ideas, and keep track of what is going on. so, you know, i think it is a positive element. >> perhaps we should encourage you to follow the tigers will your online. unfortunately, we arrive time. i would like to thank our questioners for posing questions. i would like to thank all of you in the room and on line for joining us in today's conversation. you can find information on future policy talks at our website and through our twitter site. i hope you will follow us. we certainly will be following the fed. chairman, thank you very much for joining us. thank you. [applause] >> washington journal tomorrow morning, our guest will include republican representative scott virgil of virginia, a member of the budget and armed services committee will talk about his recent letter to gop colleagues making what has been described as a conse
. many--st. paul was fairly integrated, which i was happy to see. atlanta was all, you know, black. --i'm interested in the response myself because people are taking out of it different things. white readers and black readers and then there's, you know, people i had not even thought about like native americans and particularly people of mixed heritage. c-span: let me ask you just a couple of last questions. what do you want the black audience to take out of this from your--from reading it? >> guest: i would hope it contributes to broadening the debate, but most importantly the definition of what we talk about when we talk about race and identity. i think we have to get away from a lot of stereotypes, especially among young black folk who think that, you know, black folk don't do this, black folk don't do that, who buy into a certain anti-intellectual stance and think that all black folk are poor. c-span: what do you want the white audience to take away from it? >> guest: just the same thing, just the same thing. i mean, i think what martin luther king said in the '60s that 11:00 on sund
the checks the folks from metro atlanta to send to people they've never met in new york and new jersey one. it's those very same people that write those checks before calling and writing to my office with if you do non-billion next week the chairman proposed a 17 billion today and and now you are talking about doing even more tomorrow. with to see you know what i may not know everything there is to know about the hurricane but i know it didn't impact you all in the island. why is there funding for opportunities for those folks in here? >> we can put it in the bill if you like. >> that is what is frustrating to me is that here in the body of the politics create cynicism. we create it. it doesn't exist naturally in the communities back home. we created and common we have an opportunity with the chairman to make certain that we get dollars out the door to make certain that we don't do one thing to further that cynicism back home that folks are profiting from other family tragedies. i wish that we could rally of and that and with that i yield back the balance of my time. >> thank you. the spir
and unconscionable of all. i want you to know from the deep south we are not beneficiaries in metro atlanta disaster funding. we hold your needs and the highest. >> i can say, and i'm sure i can't speak for the new york delegation, but governor crist has made a commitment. he's not, for this when he's going to make sure this money is well spent. none of it is wasted. much of the community, money will be going to the economic development authority. it's all going to be vetted. i think it will be very well taken care of. >> i yield back. >> i have an item to submit for the record, without objection. december 7, 2012 letter from -- [inaudible] >> and this is in reference to not the current -- mr. rodgers testimony who said the administration him why didn't the administration request watershed protection money. they did. that was interpreted by the senate, included in the senate bill. specifically $150 million to mitigate further flood risk. slightly under that request which is fine. it should meet the needs. a specific request on page three regarding -- i would like to submit those for the record and c
was experiencing. i asked for a show of hands, how many in the audience, mostly people from the atlanta area, was aware that the state of georgia had a drought plan. and i think three hands went up. here's a case where they developed a drought plan but it was never implemented because it became wet. and so it sat on the shelf and people were unaware of it. >> they might go all, we've got rain, we've been doing okay for the last 30 days, we're fine. that's not the case. >> i think it's important, going back to roger's definition to start with, you know, droughts are this extended period of deficiency of precipitation, obviously can be exacerbated by high wind, by high temperatures, by low relative humidity and so forth. so it's this combination of intensity and direction, but the real key is the fact that how this intensity and duration over a period of time begins to impact on the environment and on people. and so that's when you get into agricultural drought, hydrologic drought, and there's another type of drought sometimes referred to which is more socioeconomic drought, which is kind of a
." and was in a limo on the way to the airport with cnn when i received a call that was 404 area code, which is atlanta, so i answered that. and it was congressman john lewis. when we finished talking i thought i should check my text messages because i couldn't keep my voice mail clear enough to keep getting messages, and lo and be hold there was a message from the white house saying the president was trying to reach me. so, i called the number, and they wanted to arrange the call. so, -- so interesting, these people in the immediate -- in media, the person who was in the car with me from cnn, pulled out a camcorder. i said, you cannot tape me while i'm talking to the president. so i made her turn it off and put it away. [applause] >> so, he started out by saying, you're a hard person to reach. well, everyone knew i had been with cnn all week. i didn't say that to him, though. [laughter] >> but anyway, he started out saying, you know, i would be called about a position they wanted to offer, and then he said, you know, those issues you have been putting out there are -- well aware of them. i said, no.
proposed on, and he was desperate. during the overheated years, atlanta had told him he mortgage for more than half a million dollars. far more than he could afford on his annual salary of less than $50,000. and despite various provisions in the original loan he was no arriving at the point of financial ruin. henry said that when he got his mortgage he assumed that the lender knew what he was doing i qualify him for such a large alone. when he wrote to ask him he was worried that only but losing his own, but about losing his family's entire future. as we all know, henry was not alone. people across the country were sold mortgages that were not sustainable. some have their eyes open, seeking to ride the wave of rising housing prices. others, like anna, were led astray. for many borrowers the numbers were ignored or fudged to get the loan approved. this kind of reckless lending was an endemic problem but i firmly believe the rule we are announcing today that existed a decade ago, many people like henry could've been spared the anguish of losing their homes and having their credit destroyed.
idea goes up and beyond that. the financial things as well. >> host: ken in atlanta, georgia. you're on the air. >> caller: good afternoon, gentlemen, this is just a treat. just a real pleasure to hear you and i've got some good news for you. right now, on youtube, there's a seven and a half minute film narrated by former president of georgia tech, incidentally georgia tech won the ball game the other day -- but georgia tech's president, the name of this film is, all american citizen team. and it is an effort that the georgia general assembly has been involved in since the 1970s, and we found out that there is a problem and it takes us back to a country western song, looking for love in all the wrong places. >> guest: one of our favorites. >> caller: we don't have problem with the government and we don't have a problem with elected officials. the problem turns out to be the folks that sent them there. and a high school principal said to us over at the general assembly one day, he said, the problem is civic illiteracy of the american people. well, he said that in the early '80s and
immediately went to the urban areas. alma, atlanta, los angeles and washington d.c. in the course of my career, i've been utterly faxed by our inability as a civil society, a nation that takes such great pride in the rule of law to have someone come to grips with guns in thailand. before you begin this discussion, i'll tell you one very personal and it do. three days before the sandy hook shooting us in denver, colorado on personal business and writing to the denver suburbs and i passed into a rural, colorado and saw the sign and thought to myself, as journalists often do, this just disappeared from our landscape. it happened not that long ago in which a young man who appears to be utterly to range, went into a movie theater and began shooting people with an assault weapon. and it went away. it was not part of the presidential debate coming apart at the fabric of our lives, not to do the diet. so on that wednesday night, i e-mailed the producer of the "meet the press" show coming up on that sunday in which they would be talking about big ideas america needs to be thinking about. and i said, yo
as a journalist, i immediately went to the urban areas. i went to omaha and atlanta and los angeles and spent a lot of time in the washington d.c. and in the course of my career, i have been utterly vexed by our inability as a civil society, a nation that takes such great pride in the rule of law, to in some way come to grips with the mace of of guns and violence -- with the place of guns and violence. and before we begin this discussion, i'll just tell you one very personal anecdote. three days before the sandy hook shooting, i was in denver, colorado, on personal business. and i was driving through the denver suburbs, and i passed into aurora rah, colorado, and saw the sign and thought to myself -- as journalists often do -- oh, my god, this just disappeared from our landscape. it happened not that long ago in which a young man, now appears to be utterly deranged, b went into a movie theater and began shooting down people with an assault weapon. and it went away. the not part of the presidential debate, it was not part of the fabric of our lives, it was not part of the daily journalistic di
, there are a few federal reserve blogs. the atlanta fed has one, the new york fed has one, and we have twitter, we have facebook. we're really moving along here. [laughter] >> yeah. >> so we're still a little bit old-fashioned, but the, i think the social media do provide a really convenient way to communicate quickly to a group of people, to, change ideas -- to exchange ideas and to keep track of what's going on in a particular area. so, you know, i think, i think there's some positive developments there. >> well, perhaps we should encourage you to follow the tigers while you're following -- b. >> okay. [laughter] >> unfortunately, we are out of time. i'd like to thank our questioners for posing the questions. i'd like to thank all of you in this room and online for joining us in today's conversation. you can find information on future policy talks at the ford school on our web site and through our twitter site, and i hope you'll follow us. we certainly will be following the fed. chairman, thank you very much for joining us today. we are -- [applause] >> this weekend marks the 57th presidential i
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